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  • A Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery with Barbara M. Kershaw
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    ICC, Surface Embroidery

    A Basic Study of Schwalm Embroidery introduces the student to the beautiful style of whitework from Germany known as Schwalm Embroidery.

  • A Touch of Fall with Jane Ellen Balzuweit – Encore
    Taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    A Touch of Fall is created using a 17th century white work technique, Dresden Lace, a combination of pulled thread and surface embroidery.

  • Ancestree with Carolyn Standing Webb – Encore
    Taught by Carolyn Standing Webb (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    On Ancestree you will work on a tree of life design that will feature five generations of your family.

  • Avondale with Carol Currier
    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

    Avondale is an exploration of a summer garden using basic crewel embroidery stitches in interesting combinations.

  • Baby Steps with Gwen Nelson
    Taught by Gwen Nelson (view bio)

    GCC, Beading, Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

    There are five beading techniques that must be demonstrated to receive certificates in the Master Craftsman Program in Beading. The five techniques are Square Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, Even Count Peyote Stitch, Bead Embroidery, and Right-Angle Weave. Baby Steps includes very simplified lessons in the five techniques.

  • Bargello and Design with Gail Stafford
    Taught by Gail Stafford (view bio)

    GCC, Canvas, Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Bargello and Design is a course designed for intermediate and advanced stitchers who want to create their own square Bargello samplers. The class focus is to design a sampler, and Bargello is the type of canvas embroidery used in the design.

  • Beginner’s Hardanger with Marion Scoular
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, Skill Level: Beginner

    On Beginner's Hardanger students will learn the basic techniques of Hardanger with the option of stitching in a solid color or experimenting with Watercolours®.

  • Beginning Teneriffe Lace with Jonalene Gutwein
    Taught by Jonalene Gutwein (view bio)

    GCC, Lace, Skill Level: Beginner

    Beginning Teneriffe Lace will give you the basics of the beautiful needlelace technique of Teneriffe.

  • Cosmos with Kim Sanders – Encore
    Taught by Kim Sanders (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate

    Cosmos introduces students to needle painting, one of the most realistic forms of surface embroidery.

  • Crazy Quilting with J. Marsha Michler
    Taught by J. Marsha Michler (view bio)

    ICC, Quilting

    Learn new skills in Victorian Crazy Quilting in this comprehensive Individual Correspondence Course that will bring you to a mastery level of this much-loved art and craft.

  • Daydreams with Barbara Kershaw – Encore
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, Schwalm, Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Join Barbara Kershaw in Daydreams, a Group Correspondence Course focused on Schwalm embroidery, a beautiful form of German whitework embroidery traditionally worked on an off white evenweave linen with white thread.

  • Design for Needlework with India Hayford
    Taught by India Hayford (view bio)

    ICC, Design

    Our Individual Correspondence Course Design for Needlework with India Hayford is for the technically adept embroiderer who wishes to create unique embroideries.

  • Embroidery with Mixed Media with Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D, Skill Level: All Levels

    Study the amazing possibilities of four cool “new” mixed media materials on Embroidery with Mixed Media.

  • English Smocking with Kim Sanders
    Taught by Kim Sanders (view bio)

    ICC, Smocking

    On this Individual Correspondence Course, students will learn common smocking and accent stitches and master correct tension as they work a series of samplers.

  • English Summer with Cheryl Sharp
    Taught by Cheryl Sharp (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Skill Level: Beginner

    On English Summer you will learn how to prepare the fabric, transfer designs, and set up an embroidery on stretcher bars among other things.

  • Exploring Jacobean Crewel Embroidery with Carol Peao Currier
    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)

    ICC

    Jacobean Embroidery is a form of English crewel embroidery on linen from the early 17th century. The student will research the history of the period including the origin of typical design motifs and colors used in household furnishings. The student will then translate their research into a stitched design of their own choosing. The student also has the option to stitch the provided design.

  • Fall Colors, A Study in Rozashi with Margaret Kinsey – Encore
    Taught by Margaret Kinsey (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Beginner

    Fall Colors is a study in traditional Rozashi embroidery. The leaves, the water, the water lines, the sky, background are a study in the stitches that are traditional to Rozashi. Available to individual members as a GCC Lightning Round through May 31, 2024. Register here!

  • Fandango with Barbara Kershaw – Encore
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Fandango is focused on Punto Antico, one of many beautiful styles of Italian whitework embroidery.

  • Finishing with Flair with Marion Scoular
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, Finishing, Skill Level: Beginner

    Finishing with Flair is a notebook Group Correspondence Course covering three useful techniques for finishing needlework and instructions for lacing needlework for framing.

  • Guanin: Gourd Flower with Margaret Kinsey
    Taught by Margaret Kinsey (view bio)

    GCC, Silk and Metal, Skill Level: Beginner

    Guanin: Gourd Flower with teacher Margaret Kinsey is a study of Silk and Metal Threads for beginners. In this study, the beginning student will work with gold twist, #5 Japan gold, #7 gold check thread, Copper pearl purl, copper twist, copper check purl, #1 Copper, and silk floss. The ground fabric is silk satin with a cotton backing fabric.

  • Hearts for You with Denise Harrington Pratt
    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, Skill Level: Intermediate

    Our Group Correspondence Course Hearts for You with Denise Harrington Pratt is an opportunity for the student to learn a variety of finishing techniques for use with counted thread work and to create a lovely four-piece set of needlework accoutrements.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow? with Carol Currier
    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Skill Level: Beginner

    How Does Your Garden Grow? is a study of basic crewel stitches and techniques. The design is worked on crewel linen or linen twill in your choice of color.

  • Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis
    Taught by Kay Stanis (view bio)

    ICC, Silk and Metal

    Our Individual Correspondence Course Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery is an in-depth study of the techniques of metal thread embroidery that will introduce the student to the shimmer of real gold and silver on fabric.

  • Jacobean Fantasy with Kay Stanis – Encore
    Taught by Kay Stanis (view bio)

    GCC, GCC Encore, Silk and Metal, Skill Level: Advanced

    Giving new interpretation to designs of the seventeenth century and blending them with the silk and metal of the twenty-first, in Jacobean Fantasy, we will create an exquisite floral design on silk fabric with detached sheer fabric.

  • Keeping in Shape with Gwen Nelson
    Taught by Gwen Nelson (view bio)

    GCC, Beading, Skill Level: Intermediate

    On Keeping in Shape, the student uses various techniques such as circular and flat peyote to make a necklace with 13 three-dimensional beaded pieces.

  • Love and Laughter with Denise Harrington Pratt – Encore
    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate

    This lovely counted thread piece was inspired by the abundance of colors and flowers in nature. It was also inspired by the abundance of stitches available to the counted thread embroiderer. And Denise’s motto is, when you don’t have the stitch you need, invent one! This piece offers the student a great opportunity to play with a lot of different stitches that are used in unique ways to create vibrant, stylized flowers.

  • Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric with Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    GCC, Mixed Media and 3D, Skill Level: All Levels

    On our Group Correspondence Course Mark and Paint on Canvas and Fabric, you will mark and paint one design onto needlepoint canvas and one onto silk fabric.

  • More Than a Rose with Melinda Sherbring
    Taught by Melinda Sherbring (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Skill Level: Intermediate

    More Than a Rose is a small piece designed to introduce students to some stitches and raised work techniques used on English sweet bags ca. 1600.

  • Mythical Myrtle with Barbara Kershaw – Encore
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Counted Thread, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate

    Explore the magnificent stitches of Casalguidi embroidery in Mythical Myrtle. Available to individual members as a GCC Lightning Round through May 31, 2024. Register here!

  • Online Class: Blustery Conditions with Terri Bay
    Taught by Terri Bay (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Blustery Conditions will lead the stitcher through a review of the basics of Hardanger such as kloster, cable, and blanket stitches, then continue onto more advanced filling stitches and techniques. Registration: April 5 - May 3, 2023. Class schedule: July 5 - August 16, 2023. 

  • Online Class: Haystacks of Giverny with Katherine Diuguid
    Taught by Katherine Diuguid (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Taking inspiration from Monet’s haystacks, students will learn a non-traditional approach to quilting and embroidery. Digitally printed images will be layered and stitched to create a composition unique to each student. Registration: February 1 - March 1, 2023. Class schedule: May 3-24, 2023.

  • Online Class: Starlight Angel with Kurdy Biggs
    Taught by Kurdy Biggs (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    On this class with teacher Kurdy Biggs we will bring Star Light to life using a stitch library consisting of variations of the Crescent stitch, along with Jessicas, Walnetos, and Mistake stitches. Registration: January 4, 2023 - February 1, 2023. Class schedule: April 5, 2023 - May 17, 2023.

  • Online Class: Whale Tale Journal with Catherine Jordan
    Taught by Catherine Jordan (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Explore the possibilities of adding color, shading and highlights to simple black work! This class will begin with outlines of the whale and waves; with easy-to-understand instructions, the whale will come alive and be tossed about on a sea of waves with simply the addition of pH neutral textile paint. The back cover is reserved for the maker’s or receiver’s mark in a nautically themed compass. An easily finished and secure four-sided edging completes this small treasure. A fun class for those ready to take their work to the next level with the addition of color, shading and highlights! Registration dates: Registration: March 1 - April 5, 2023. Class schedule: June 7 - July 19, 2023.

  • Online Studio Class 62: Mushroom Advanced Box Making with Emma Broughton
    Taught by Emma Broughton (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Mushroom Advanced Box Making with Emma Broughton is an advanced box making course to create a beautiful hexagon shaped box complete with small pull-out drawer with gold colored handle, hidden interior compartments finished with a wonderful, embroidered lid with mushrooms and a Butterfly. Registration: January 3 - February 7, 2024. Class schedule: April 3, 2024 - May 22, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 63: Trevelyon’s Needlebook with Kathy Andrews
    Taught by Kathy Andrews (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Sweet flowers and fresh, green leafy vines stitched on creamy ivory linen combine in this delightful needlebook. Its design is inspired by the Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608—a book that’s more than 400 years old—compiled at the end of the Renaissance. Together we will embroider this design using satin stitch, stem stitch, long and short shading, leaf stitch, and trellis work. Registration: February 7—March 6, 2024. Class schedule: May 1, 2024–May 29, 2024

  • Online Studio Class 64: A Thread for All Seasons with Susan Hoekstra
    Taught by Susan Hoekstra (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    A Thread for All Seasons offers a chance to work with the design color of your choice.  There are three color canvases from which to choose!  Go for colors you would never stitch; broaden your color horizon!  After you have picked out your painted canvas, look at the choices of threads.  Go with what you think ‘matches;’ or go for color you think does not ‘match.’  It is in your hands!  Use your imagination.  After this exercise, you will better understand how colors work together and how colors work off each other.  This exercise will be a real eye opener. Registration: March 6 - April 3, 2024 Class schedule: July 3 - September 11, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 66: Mandala Hoop Embroidery with J. Marsha Michler
    Taught by J. Marsha Michler (view bio)

    Online Course, Coming soon

    Use many different embroidery stitches to create a mandala-style design within a 6" (15.24cm) circle. Begin the design at the center and allow it to grow by adding on. Observe the design emerge as you add to it! This design class demonstrates a form of freestyle embroidery. Other mandala-type designs will be presented within the class, showing how an endless variety of designs is possible. Registration: May 1 - June 5, 2024. Class schedule: August 7 - 21, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 67: Lacy Pin Cushion with Kim Beamish
    Taught by Kim Beamish (view bio)

    Online Course, Coming soon

    Lacy Pin Cushion is a Pulled Thread embroidery piece. This pin cushion measures approximately 3 inches in diameter and 1 inch in height when finished. It is stitched on 28 count linen. There is no kit for this project giving students the opportunity to pick a color of their choice. This would be a good stash buster. The thread used for the fillings must match the fabric color choice. Registration: June 5 - July 7, 2024. Class schedule: September 4 - October 2, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 68: Moroccan Lanterns with Dr. Valentina Grub
    Taught by Dr. Valentina Grub (view bio)

    Online Course, Coming soon

    Brighten your own embroidery collection with this course, in which you will stitch seven unique lanterns in blackwork. While the stitches used are relatively simple, backstitch or Holbein stitch, the challenge is in arranging the lanterns, and consistently stitching them with intricate, geometric patterns. Registration: July 3, 2024 - August 7, 2024. Class Schedule: October 2-16, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class 69: Espalier Bracelet by Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    Coming soon

    Espalier is the ancient horticultural practice of training a tree or shrub to grow flat against a wall or frame to produce more blooms and fruit. In this project, you’ll create a bracelet that emulates an espaliered tree. Learn to work with Painter’s Threads overdyed cord and loop trim to provide a structure like tree branches. It supports beads and sequins in their role as the fruit. Two kinds of water-soluble fabric and water-soluble tape hold the structure in place so that it can be hooped. Embellish the bracelet with your own beads. Registration dates: Registration: August 7-September 4, 2024. Class schedule: November 6-13, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class: A Love of Christmas with Kim Beamish
    Taught by Kim Beamish (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Create a seasonal needle set that includes pin cushion, needle book and scissor fob using Pulled Thread and Surface Embroidery techniques. Registration: September 6 - October 4, 2023. Class schedule: December 6, 2023 - February 14, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class: Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull with Jonalene Gutwein
    Taught by Jonalene Gutwein (view bio)

    Online Course, Closed Registration

    Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull is a 15 week course with one border taught each week. Counted Thread and Lacis Bell Pull is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional lacis that uses the existing linen for the lacework instead of making a netting for the embellishing stitches. Registration: June 7 - July 5, 2023. Class schedule: September 6 - December 13, 2023.

  • Online Studio Class: Frank the Zebra with Hazel Blomkamp
    Taught by Hazel Blomkamp (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    This design is featured in Blomkamp’s latest book, Crewel Animal Portraits. It is worked with an interesting variety of embroidery, needlelace, needleweaving, and bead embroidery techniques, with the focus of the design being an unconventional method to create the stripes of the hide. Registration: July 5, 2023–Aug. 2, 2023 Class schedule: Oct. 4, 2023–Oct. 25, 2023

  • Online Studio Class: Hummingbird in Silk and Gold with Lizzy Pye
    Taught by Lizzy Pye (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Learn how to handle traditional silks known as flat or filament silks, which are untwisted. Stitch silk shading (long and short stitch), satin stitch and stem stitch to create splashes of color amongst the gold. Learn to create smooth felt padding and embellish with traditional goldwork techniques of couching and colored couching, pearl purl, invisibly stitched twist and chipping. Registration: October 4 - November 1, 2023. Class schedule: April 3 - May 22, 2024.

  • Online Studio Class: Primroses with Merrilyn Heazlewood
    Taught by Merrilyn Heazlewood (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    Bring the summer joy of primroses into your home all year round. Clusters of French knots complement the needlepoint stitches. Gumnut Yarns’ “Buds” and “Poppies” create a light, airy pattern to the tile. Kreinik® metallic adds sparkle. Primroses is stitched on 18-count canvas with 16 different stitches. Two colorways are offered. Flowers will be created with 7mm silk ribbon. Registration dates: Aug. 2, 2023–Sept. 6, 2023 Class schedule: Nov. 1, 2023–Dec. 13, 2023

  • Online Studio Class: Star Spangled Sampler with Dawn Fisher
    Taught by Dawn Fisher (view bio)

    Closed Registration

    This patriotic sampler was designed as a tribute to the original Star Spangled Banner, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write our National Anthem. During this class, students will learn over 30 unique stitches: two stitches for each of the 15 red, white, and blue stripes, plus two variations of the Star Eyelet. Registration: May 3, 2023 - June 7, 2023. Class schedule: August 2, 2023 - September 13, 2023.

  • GCC, Counted Thread, Skill Level: Beginner

    Papillon is an introductory course on filet embroidery. In this 5-lesson course participants will learn briefly about the history of filet work.

  • Perfectly Counted Crosses with Carolyn Standing Webb
    Taught by Carolyn Standing Webb (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, Skill Level: Beginner

    In Perfectly Counted Crosses you will learn how to create a sampler that will dazzle those who see it with perfectly executed crossed stitches.

  • Pulled Stitches Clover with Marion Scoular – Encore
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate

    The leaves and blooms of the charming clover design contain twelve pulled fillings in a variety of patterns. There are both linear and diaper patterns in which the emphasis is placed on tension. Tension, of course, creates a significant change in the texture of the fabric. In pulled stitches, the effect is achieved by what the stitches do, not the appearance of the stitches themselves. Available to individual members as a GCC Lightning Round through May 31, 2024. Register here!

  • Rainbows Bend: A Course on Color Theory with Carole Rinard
    Taught by Carole Rinard (view bio)

    ICC, Color Theory

    From color wheels to how to use color in your own work, our Individual Correspondence Course, Rainbows Bend: A Course on Color Theory is a comprehensive study of color.

  • Reticello Needle Book with Jonalene Gutwein
    Taught by Jonalene Gutwein (view bio)

    GCC, Lace, Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

    This Group Correspondence Course is the next step for the experienced drawn thread enthusiasts who wish to begin learning the technique of reticello. It incorporates the pulled 4-sided stitch, the cutting of threads in both directions, satin stitched edges, and needle weaving.

  • GCC, Canvas, Skill Level: Intermediate

    In Shimmering Dreams, ever-larger sparkling squares rotate around a shiny central medallion to finish in a star silhouette.

  • Silk and Metal Thread Embroidery with Kay Stanis
    Taught by Kay Stanis (view bio)

    ICC, Silk and Metal

    Our Individual Correspondence Course Silk and Metal Thread Embroidery is an in-depth study of the various techniques of silk and metal thread embroidery.

  • Snowflake Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt
    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Skill Level: All Levels

    The Snowflake Ball is a three-dimensional, beaded needlework ball. You don’t have to understand geometry to stitch this fun piece.

  • Star-Spangled Puzzle Ball with Denise Harrington Pratt
    Taught by Denise Harrington Pratt (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, Skill Level: Intermediate

    Star-Spangled Puzzle Ball offers the opportunity to discover the joy of taking counted thread embroidery into three dimensions by creating a “puzzle ball.” Available to individual members as a GCC Lightning Round through May 31, 2024. Register here!

  • Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold with Melinda Sherbring
    Taught by Melinda Sherbring (view bio)

    GCC, Surface Embroidery, Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Stitch an embroidered bag like the ones that were in style in England from the mid-1500s to the mid-1600s on Sweet Bag Sewed of Silver and Gold.

  • Symphony with Barbara Kershaw
    Taught by Barbara M. Kershaw (view bio)

    GCC, Skill Level: Intermediate

    Work on a beautiful, pulled thread set comprising of an embroidery pouch and smalls that will be a wonderful addition to your sewing basket.

  • Taming the Stash Monster with Laura Smith
    Taught by Laura Smith (view bio)

    GCC, Organization, Skill Level: All Levels

    Get your stash under control with our course Taming the Stash Monster: Clearing your stash, purchasing strategies, archival storage, inventory and more.

  • Techniques for Canvas Embroidery with Diane Herrmann
    Taught by Diane Herrmann (view bio)

    ICC, Canvas

    Our Techniques for Canvas Embroidery Individual Correspondence Course is an in-depth study of the various techniques used in canvas embroidery.

  • Thank Goodness It’s Finished with Kim Sanders
    Taught by Kim Sanders (view bio)

    GCC, Finishing, Skill Level: All Levels

    Thank Goodness It’s Finished teaches a variety of skills needed to assemble embroideries into their final form. Available to individual members as a GCC Lightning Round through May 31, 2024. Register here!

  • The Art of Teaching Embroidery with Kay Stanis
    Taught by Kay Stanis (view bio)

    ICC, Teaching

    Are you interested in becoming a better teacher? Do you have questions about developing classes, text, kits, or visual aids? Or do you have questions about the practical aspects of teaching, finances, contracts, time management or proposals? Then our Individual Correspondence Course The Art of Teaching Embroidery is for you.

  • The Princess and the Pea with Marion Scoular – Encore
    Taught by Marion Scoular (view bio)

    GCC, Counted Thread, GCC Encore, Skill Level: Intermediate

    Teacher Marion Scoular's interpretation of the beloved fairy tale includes pattern darning, Blackwork, Hardanger (no cutting!) and a small amount of surface stitchery, all explicitly covered in a 26-page, well-illustrated booklet.

  • The Sampler Family Tree with Carolyn Standing Webb
    Taught by Carolyn Standing Webb (view bio)

    ICC

    Samplers are one of the most recognizable of the forms of historical embroidery. This Individual Correspondence Course with teacher Carolyn Standing Webb will help you to explore the history that is the family tree of samplers with all of the different branches.

  • Trio with Carol Currier
    Taught by Carol Peao Currier (view bio)

    GCC, Crewel, Skill Level: Intermediate, Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

    Trio is a crewel exercise incorporating a variety of choices in a design. The student is encouraged to “mix and match” elements to create their own pattern. Floral and foliage samples are given so that they may be moved about like dressing paper dolls. This allows the stitcher to pick and choose for an individual design. Stitching instructions for each motif are included.

  • Virtual Education Course: Queen Catherine’s Book Cover, Bag, and Pyn Pillow with Carolyn Standing Webb
    Taught by Carolyn Standing Webb (view bio)

    Virtual Education Course

    The project set comprises a tasseled, silk-lined bag with different historical designs on each side; a ribbon-tied, book-shaped box that fits inside the bag; and a pin cushion known as a pyn pillow. The pieces are stitched on one side with the traditional black that gives blackwork its name, accented with gold and silver threads and paillettes. Registration: Sept. 6, 2023–Dec. 8, 2023 Class Dates: Feb. 22, 2024–Feb. 24, 2024 This Virtual Education Course is now full. Enter your name and email here to let us know you're interested.

  • Searching for inspiration instead of stitching the same projects again? Don’t want to continue spending tons of money on framing and finishing? In “Finding New Life: Innovative Finishing Techniques for Needlework,” Patrick Barron shows you creative and unique ways to show off your stitching skills by repurposing things you have around the house. From stitching on colanders and finials to candy tins and cookie cutters, Patrick will walk you through how you can show off your needlework in a unique and environmentally friendly way. Patrick will go through some of his favorite projects and give you an overview of how he decides what new and exciting thing he will work on next. Come join us to feel inspired and think outside the box! Live Lecture Date: Sunday, May 19, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: April 23 - May 17, 2024 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 41: Mediterranean Folk Embroidery: A Brief Tour of a Vibrant World with Krista West
    Taught by Krista West (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    Join designer and owner of Avlea Folk Embroidery, Krista West, as she takes us on a tour of folk embroidery in the Mediterranean world. Learn about the importance of textiles in the ancient world and how Classical and Byzantine motifs and colors made their way into folk embroidery. With her trademark energy and enthusiasm, Krista delights in sharing ancient beauty with the modern world! Live Lecture Date: Sunday, June 9, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: May 20 - June 7, 2024 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 43: The Needle’s Art: Women’s Embroideries from the Great Plains with Susan Curtis
    Taught by Susan Curtis (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    The Great Plains region of the United States is home to women from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Each of these cultural groups embellished their lives with some form of embroidery, from the women of the Native American Plains tribes who created with quillwork and beads to the settlers who brought a variety of embroidery traditions with them to their new homes. Many of these embroideries are now found in history museums but have little information on the maker. Susan Curtis, curator of collections at the Emily Reynolds Historic Costume Collection at North Dakota State University, is working to uncover these anonymous women and bring their history and hand embroidery to light, illustrating the rich tradition of embroidery found in the Great Plains. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, August 11, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: July 22 - August 9, 2024 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 44: Measuring Millimeters on a Napoleonic-Era Dress Coat with Liz Tapper
    Taught by Liz Tapper (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    Liz Tapper was commissioned in 2021 to recreate the embroidery for a military dress coat. The coat was to be a replica of that worn by one of Napoleon I's aide de camps in the early 1800s in France - the original now held in a museum. It was to be worked in goldwork using a variety of metal threads and to very exacting dimensions. This is the story behind the process. Live Lecture Date: Saturday September 14, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: August 19 - September 12, 2024 1PM Eastern

  • Born into the Oneida Community, Jessie Catherine Kinsley was raised amidst ideas of free-love, gender equality, and Perfectionism, by a group of people who believed they were bringing about heaven on earth. She lived through the tumultuous years of the breakup of the Community, entered into traditional family life, and became a regionally famous artist. Though she dabbled in many media including drawing, painting, poetry, and children’s books, she is most known for her braidings. Kinsley invented an artform that used discarded dresses and fabric to create gigantic braided mosaics that depicted scenes from literature, scripture, nature, and history. Live Lecture Date: Saturday October 19, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: September 16 - October 17, 2024 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 46: An introduction to Early Medieval Embroidery in England with Dr. Alexandra Makin
    Taught by Alexandra Makin (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    In this 50-minute talk we will be introduced to the exciting world of early medieval embroidery in England. We will learn about the fibres used to make the thread and where they came from and the stitches used to create motifs, why they we used and their deeper, hidden meanings. Live Lecture Date: Saturday November 9, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: October 21 - November 7, 2024 1PM Eastern

  • Virtual Lecture 47: Pushing Boundaries: Embroidery + Book Arts with Celeste Chalasani
    Taught by Celeste Chalasani (view bio)

    Virtual Lectures

    In this lecture, Celeste describes her journey as she explored combining embroidery with book art techniques for the National Academy of Needle Arts Teacher Cum Laude program. She’ll show you six different book binding methods she learned and how she has been able to use embroidery in her art practice. You’ll also see the tools and materials needed, as well as what worked and what didn’t. Live Lecture Date: Sunday, December 15, 2024 1PM Eastern Live Lecture Registration: November 18 - December 13, 2024 1PM Eastern